Each member and guest of the NY Conference is invited to participate in a workshop on Thursday afternoon. These workshops are being led by thought leaders from the UMC general agencies and will focus on practical ministry topics with the goal of giving participants something creative and valuable to take home to their own ministries as we “Go… in Jesus’ name!” Please choose from one of the workshops below during your registration.

Use the links below to jump to the workshop description or download powerpoints and other documents used in the workshop:

Health Care Ministry as Local Church Missions

    Abundant Health Initiative

Asset-Based Community Development in the Local Church

Powerpoints: Laity Session and Community Development

H.O.P.E. Model

    Powerpoint: HOPE as a Core Process     Brochure

Small Membership Church Effectiveness

Powerpoint & Handouts: Small Church Vitality, Small Church ResourcesJesus Notes, Ministry Action Plan

Black Church Development

    Powerpoints and Handouts: 2013-16 Moving Forward   Develop a Vision Statement 
    Taking the Pulse of Your Church           Partner Congregation Program Application
    Programs Provided by SBC21 

Small Group Development

Powerpoints: Small Group Ministry and Wesleyan


   Discipleship Ministries Stewardship materials


Health Care Ministry as Local Church Missions

Presented by: Dr. Olusimbo Ige, Executive Director of Global Health, Global Ministries

Dr. Ige hails from Nigeria, where she worked with government health programs at the local, state and national levels. She also served there as a consultant on infectious diseases with the World Health Organization, USAID and others, and as a lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Ibadan.

While working with USAID’s malaria-control program in the southwestern state of Oyo, Dr. Ige helped design, implement and evaluate programs that proved so effective in the fight against malaria that Oyo was named the most improved state in malaria-control performance in 2013. 

Olusimbo Ige grew up “surrounded by books and learning,” she said, at the University of Ibadan, where both her parents were professors. She ultimately undertook her medical studies there, and went on to specialize in public health.

She later pursued a master’s degree in epidemiology and is working on another master’s, in global health leadership, through the University of Manchester, England.

As director of Global Health, she looks forward, to being “part of the work all over the world to ensure that people who don’t have access to the health care they need, who don’t have the information to protect themselves from departures from health, can, because of the programs we support.”

Asset-Based Community Development in the Local Church

Ministry With – An Asset Based Approach

Presented by: George Howard, Deputy General Secretary for Mission & Evangelism, Global Ministries

Develop mission strategies for your congregation and community using an asset based approach. UM Church for All People, in Columbus Ohio provides a case study for learnings in building relationships with people on the margins, developing a diverse worshiping community, and transforming both individual lives and the neighborhood. For more information on this ministry go to

Suggested book titles:

Building Communities from the Inside Out, by John P Kretzmann & John McKnight
Love.Period., by Rudy Rasmus

About the workshop presenter:

Deputy Secretary General of the Board of Global Ministries George Howard will be our guest speaker at the Laity Session and a workshop presenter. In the West Ohio Conference, Howard led the congregational and community-development efforts, orchestrated strategies and systems for developing leadership skills and competencies, served on the Cabinet, and served as the director of connectional ministries. He was a three-time delegate to General Conference.

He was a founding leader in 2002 of The United Methodist Church for All People, a multiracial, cross-class church in Columbus, Ohio. He helped create Community Development for All People, and for seven years chaired theboard of this UM community-development corporation.

He says his career path has given him experience in “working with people in a wide variety of cultures and contexts and witnessing individuals and churches claiming the assets God has already provided, while seeking ways to collaborate with others in using those assets for the glory of God at home and around the world.”

Howard hosted dozens of Volunteer-In-Mission work teams and has been an active director of Global Ministries since 2008. As a leadership coach since 2005, he provides training to clergy and laity at the agency, conference,
district, and local church levels.

H.O.P.E. Model

Presented by: David Abarca, Assistant Director of Annual Conference Relationships, Discipleship Ministries

Building H.O.P.E. is a process of discovery and mobilization for the local church that is facilitated by a Discipleship Coach. It includes a congregational survey using a quantitative assessment tool to learn about the church’s health and transformation, focus groups with the congregation to gain qualitative data about realities within the church and demographic data to help the congregation understand the context of its specific mission field.

The gathered data will be incorporated into a Comprehensive Discovery Report to affirm the unique strengths within the congregation that must be leveraged, to identify key issues the church may choose to address for transformational success and to frame future possibilities in a way that inspires hope for future missional impact.

A Building H.O.P.E. Guide to Disciple-Making will help congregational leaders use the Discovery Report to have conversations about disciple making, mission, congregational life stage and culture. The guide will include print and multimedia resources, including episodes from Chuck Knows Church and THE COMMITTEE.

The H.O.P.E. acronym for the core process of making disciples, which is found in paragraph 122 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, is:

H – Hospitality: Proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ
O – Offer Christ: Lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ
P – Purpose: Nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines and other means of grace, such as Wesley’s Christian conferencing
E – Engagement: Send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel

Small Membership Church Effectiveness

Being Vital: Small Membership Congregations Pressing Forward!

Presented by: Rev. Dr. Jacqui Thomas King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality, Discipleship Ministries

How does celebrating vitality happen in your congregation?  What does moving forward look like now?  Where do you go for encouragement when embracing God on the journey gets challenging? Understanding goal setting, adapting the best leadership structure, measuring progress, implementing new ministries, and evaluating “next step” processes at various stages to help mark change in small membership congregations.

About the workshop presenter:

As the director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality, Dr. King equips leaders to lead effectively. Developing leadership resources for local congregations, engaging network groups in new processes to implement core strategies, designing and promoting online learning through webinars.  She is also a design team member for the School of Congregational Development and various national church networks, as well as being a leadership coach for the H.O.P.E. Project.

Black Church Development

The Relevance of the Black Church

Presented by: Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen, Executive Director, Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, Discipleship Ministries

This workshop will enhance participants to stretch their vision, imagination and energize them to use what they have, where they are, to collaborate, partner and share resources to accelerate the growth of their congregation settings whose demographics are quickly changing. Introduction to tailored made support mechanisms such as technical and training support, coaching and practical learning that will engage both clergy and lay leaders.

Suggested book titles:

Praying to Change Your Life, by Suzette T. Caldwell

Love.Period., by Rudy Rasmus

Pastor on Track, by Emanuel Cleaver, III

The New Jim Crow, by Michele Alexander

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, by Joy DeGruy Leary

Hard Trials, Great Tribulations, by James Lyles

Be In It To Win It, by Kirbyjon Caldwell

Deep Change, by Robert Quinn

About the workshop presenter:

The Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen is the National Director of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC 21) and is a retired clergy member of the New York Annual Conference. Dr. Allen has been a national leader in the United Methodist Church for many years as well as involved in international mission work in countries including the former Soviet Union (Russia/Baltic States Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania); Managua, Nicaragua; Wales (United Kingdom); seven countries in Africa including South Africa; and have traveled to eight Caribbean Islands.

Before assuming this post at SBC 21 at the Discipleship Ministries (formerly General Board of Discipleship), Dr. Allen served seven years at the United Methodist Publishing House as Executive Director of African American Initiatives & International Outreach.

Dr. Allen has over thirty-nine years of experience as a professional minister, manager, administrator and communicator in Christian institutions including local church pastorates, denominational national program agencies and para-church organizations, and has served in a variety of capacities including board membership for the following UMC General Boards and Agencies and beyond: General Board of Global Ministries, Black Methodist for Church Renewal, Africa Collaboration Team, Commission on the Status and Role of Women, Metropolitan Community Young Adult Training Program, Inc., The Parsons Black Improvement Team, Strengthening The Black Church for the 21st Century, Interagency Global Health Initiative, General Commission on Unity and Inter-religious Concerns (Consultation on the Global Nature of The Church, Salama Ministries, Tennessee Alliance for Progress, Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group, the Wesley Foundation.

Dr. Allen is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, married to Christine and the father of four children, Sharonda, LaChelle, DeAndra and Justin. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN; his Master of Divinity Degree, from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University School of Theology, Madison, New Jersey.

All this is to say that Dr. Allen brings a great deal of experience, knowledge, and passion for the global ministry of the Church.

Small Group Development

Small Groups: The Method of Our Mission

Presented by: Rev. Dr. Steve Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership, Leadership Ministries Discipleship Ministries

Small groups are where disciples of Jesus Christ are formed. The workshop will look at the various kinds of groups that work together to equip Christians to care for one another and join Christ in his mission in the world. We will draw upon the rich resources of the Wesleyan/United Methodist tradition to develop a system of small groups that work for life and mission in today’s world.

Recommended resources:

Guidelines for Small Group Ministry, by Steven Manskar

Community That Is Christian: Handbook on Small Groups, by Julie Gorman

Biblical Foundations for Small Group Ministry: An Integrative Approach, by Gareth Icenogle

The Relational Way: From Small Group Structures to Holistic Life Connections, by M. Scott Boren

About the workshop presenter:

Steven W. Manskar, D. Min. is a clergy member of the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was a pastor for ten years until 1999 when he joined the staff of the Leadership Ministries Division of the General Board of Discipleship as Director of Wesleyan Leadership.

Steve leads workshops and seminars on Covenant Discipleship groups, Small Group Ministry in the Wesleyan Tradition, and Wesleyan leadership, theology and practice. He leads two annual events: The Wesley Pilgrimage in England and Wesleyan Leadership Conference.

He is the author of Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household, A Perfect Love: Understanding John Wesley’s “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection”, and A Disciple’s Journal: Daily Prayer, Bible Reading and Discipleship. He is also editor of the monthly e-newsletter, “Covenant Discipleship Connection.”


Creating A Culture of Generosity

Presented by: Donald W. Joiner, Director of Operations and Stewardship, Leadership Ministries, Discipleship Ministries

How effective is financial giving in your congregation? Are you continuing to do what you have always done, but you are getting less and less effective? Are you frustrated by the lack of “Commitment” by your members? In this time together we will open up new practical ways to change the giving culture in your church and increase the generosity of those that call your church home.